The Spiritual Symbolism Behind Jeeps
by Amanda linette meder
Cars, objects, animals and places, they can all hold symbolic meaning, as the image the object holds and what we think of that image, can be a symbol, for other, larger meanings in life and experience.
When it comes to the Jeep . . .
The Jeep Slogan is Go Anywhere, Do Anything
For nearly 100 years, Jeep has drawn adventure seekers, idealists, vagabonds and visionaries to its front door. The Jeep Brand has become synonymous being able to help you go anyplace - spiritually, emotionally or physically. Jeep advertises to the wanderlust personality who sees potential and adventure in everything, rather than the problem.
Jeeps symbolize and mirror the seeker, the adventurist, and the idealist personality traits.
The Jeep Name is Related to a Mystical Creature
According to Jeep enthusiast websites (here, here, here, and here) and Jeep lore, the Jeep name is connected to a popular spiritual creature introduced in the Popeye comic strip, named Eugene the Jeep.
Eugene the Jeep was introduced as a new character in 1936, right around the time the Willy’s Prototype, the car we now call a Jeep, was being tested by the Army.
Eugene the Jeep was known to travel through the dimensions, tell the future, walk through walls and basically, do anything (see the example comic strips here).
How it came to be: Popeye was a popular comic strip for the Army recruits at the time, and the Prototype they were testing, and because of how versatile the car was, it was quickly equated with the Eugene the Jeep’s magical abilities for doing anything you want to, and thus the Jeep name, was born.
Because of this, Jeeps appeal to those who are down to earth, but spirituality inclined with a positive, can-do attitude.
The Jeep Spirit is Pioneering
The Jeep is one of the vehicles known for starting SUV craze and because of this, it’s known for being a luminary and a pioneer in its field.
Jeeps are meant for people with proactive, leadership personalities, willing to go past the limits of what is already known and bridge out into the beyond.
Jeeps are for those with a taste for adventure, psychics, explorers, outdoorsy folks who are willing to step beyond what is normal, both in their family life and in their fields.
On top of all this, the Jeep is one of the most versatile cars out there and for backroad travels, it's one of the most reliable.
Amanda Linette Meder
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